September 22, 2019 | 3:31 AM IST
Cyclone Vayu

Cyclone Vayu develops in Arabian Sea; Likely to hit Gujarat on June 13

A fast moving cyclonic storm Vayu is expected to hit the Gujarat coast between Porbandar and Mahuva. The IMD has issued a warning of heavy rains with winds blowing at the speed of over 110 km on June 13 and 14 in the coastal areas of Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat. 

Though the cyclone is not expected to hit the Maharashtra coast, it could bring strong winds and a turbulent sea. The Maharashtra government has, however, warned fishermen from venturing out into the sea. Coastal regions of Kerala, Karnataka as well will witness rough seas and powerful wind. The ports have also put up signal number 1 flags as danger warning. 

The deep depression is located off the Lakshadweep coast near Aminidivi, informed a report issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Vayu is expected to move northward and cross Gujarat coast between Porpandar and Mahuva around Veraval and Diu region.  

The Cyclone Warning Division of the IMD said, “It is very likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by June 12 midnight.”  
The monsoon usually sets the state around June 15, but as it got delayed in Kerala by almost a week, it was expected to be delayed in Gujarat as well. However, with the cyclone could further delay the monsoon in the state.

Cyclone Vayu comes barely five weeks after Cyclone Fani hit Odisha in the Bay of Bengal.

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